Best Wishes To All
Firstly, St Francis Today would like to wish our readers and supporters a wondrous New Year and hope it is a prosperous year for all. A little bit late in our wishes, but we’ve been quite busy, especially when it comes to advertising on St Francis Today, but more on that later.
Secondly, St Francis Today would like to thank all the advertisers, sponsors, critics and others who have all done something worthwhile to help SFT along the way.
Former Editor Colin Watt
It was a challenging period during the take-over from former editor Colin Watt. He had many friends, and the people in the village and further afield loved him dearly. At the barest mention of him closing down in the past, his inbox would be inundated with people begging him to stay and to keep the newsletter going.
Now, it seems it is time to step up and take the reigns. Unfortunately, I still don’t know half of what I’m doing on the website’s back end and just follow a list of instructions. Still, it seems to be working.
Advertising on St Francis Today Nearly Full
This brings me to my final point on the daily newsletter. I would like to thank everyone who has been advertising with me. It is gratifying to know the work is being appreciated. The funny thing is, there is actually not much ad space left, and I would just like to clarify: The leader boards are full. The second boards are full. The tide adverts are full. The news adverts has one more slot left, and there is one more sponsored column open.
So if you’re looking for some ad space, please reach out and claim it. After these final two ad spots are taken, we will be closing off advertising on St Francis Today for a couple of months, or until something changes.
Congratulations to all who managed to get in. This jol is quite full now. If you really have a need to advertise to the St Francis Bay and environs community, and are happy to work way outside the box, we do have a few unconventional ad campaign ideas, but you’d have to throw caution to the wind, and trust us.
– The Editor
How is the development on the corner of the R300 and Homestead Road going?
Forty of the 103 homes at Homestead Views Security Estate have been sold. These sales have all been signed, deposits paid, and bonds approved where applicable.
When is the construction of the houses going to start?
Construction of the infrastructure started in December, with the roads and services due to be complete by Easter when the home building begins. All approvals are in place, including all municipal approvals.
What are the prices?
A three bedroomed home is only R2.23m. However, prices are increasing by 10% on Friday 21 January 2022, due to increased costs of building materials. So if you are considering a purchase, best to jump at it.
What about bank finance?
All banks have approved bonds of up to 100%. This is excellent news for St Francis Bay, showing their confidence by committing to a substantial investment in our town.
What are the features of this development?
Homestead Views features access control, electrified fencing, brick-paved roads… and north-facing sea views. On offer are 59 freestanding freehold homes and 40 apartments.
What are the design and finishes?
The houses have been designed for contemporary living. A fully fitted kitchen with granite tops and a gas hob and electric oven are included. Garages have an automated aluminium door, with access directly into the scullery. The sculleries also open into the enclosed yards, with 2 x 2500L water tanks, a washing line and space for gas bottles. The houses will be wifi and inverter ready.
What is the background to this development?
The property has been zoned residential since 2001. Homestead Views is the last phase of the adjacent Homestead Village, developed 15 years ago, and has its entrance in Reservoir Road. Homestead Views will have its own entry in Homestead Road, homeowners association, and slightly different architecture. It is an appropriate development, adjacent to existing developments and homes, and within easy walking distance to town.
Has the demand been good?
The timing could not have been better, with our stock of houses to sell at an all-time low. The enthusiastic response from buyers is the affordability, with the price range of R1.5m to R3m, and the excellent value.
Who are the developers?
Ntaba Holdings has been active on St Francis Links over the last two years. They have an office in Lyme Road North.
What are the levies?
The levy is only R1350 pm for freestanding freehold homes, including garden services, refuse collection, and security.
What about dogs?
Two dogs are allowed, less than 20kg’s each, but you can move in with an existing larger dog. Or two cats or a dog and a cat, i.e. two pets.
Are these homes a good investment?
St Francis has a track record of returns almost double the national average. Given the popularity of St Francis, especially over the last two years, an investment here seems “as safe as houses.”
*vale is Latin for farewell or goodbye. It is pronounced vah-lay or wah-lay.
On last Friday afternoon a large group of friends, all with one special person in common, got together at the Full Stop Cafe to say our final farewells to Colin ‘Collo’ Watt, former editor of St Francis Today. It was an informal gathering, quiet, with the possibility of getting rowdy and out-of-hand at any stage, just like Colin would have liked.
Colin’s boet, Ian Watt, said a few wonderful words about his brother, and the exciting funny and complicated life had lived. Then, in front of quite a gathering of people, Collo’s friends started relaying some special memories, and some of them were pretty hilarious.
Ian Watt told us some wonderful stories about his brother Collo.
Geoff told us about the time that Collo ordered two quad bikes from China, expecting two life-size quad bikes that would be able to roar over the dunes, just like the Chinese video promised. Both arrived safely, and when picked up from the Post Office Collo found out that they were both the size of matchbox cars.
Geoff and the tiny quad-bike story
Roger Paarman told us of the time that Collo decided to – quite randomly – hide easter eggs in their garden for Roger and his wife to search for in the morning, and there were a few hilarious readings of various Whatsapp messages that Collo had sent over the last few months.
Roger and the hilarious easter egg story
It was a cool crew of people gathered, and there were funny and sad moments, and we all had a bunch of dops and cheered Collo, from the pub where everyone knew his name.
He would have loved it.
We are proud to introduce readers to the latest PE Hotel Group promotions.
For those who have had a busy season and who now need to get out of town for a few days, the PE Hotel Group has a number of very cool getaway options.
Here are the current PE Hotel Group Promotions:
Pumba Private Game Reserve – where 5-star luxury meets adventure. Awake to the sounds of the African bush veld as the sun makes its appearance on the horizon bringing with it the prospect of another perfect day. Eco friendly Pumba, a proud member of the Green Leaf Conservation Initiative, is set in the malaria-free Eastern Cape and provides an intimate African safari experience never to be forgotten.
More on Pumba HERE.
The Beach Hotel – life is better at the beach. The Beach Hotel is one Port Elizabeth’s finest family Hotel, situated on Port Elizabeth’s magnificent beachfront, directly opposite Hobie Beach and next to the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex. The Beach Hotel combines splendid service with quality accommodation, stylish cuisine and facilities for a perfect family holiday, business trip or relaxing getaway.
More on The Beach Hotel HERE.
The Sands @ St Francis – a splendid, luxurious African Beach house offering panoramic views of the vast and magnificent Indian Ocean and endless stretches of pristine coastline. A footstep away from the beach, a few minutes from the bustling village centre and home to world-class watersports and activities! This luxurious African beach house, located in the picturesque seaside village of St. Francis Bay, offers five spacious en-suite bedrooms, all with uninterrupted views of the majestic Indian Ocean and the endless stretches of pristine coastline.
More on The Sands HERE
Hacklewood Hill Country House – the finest boutique hotel in Port Elizabeth. Built in 1898, and nestled in a lush English garden setting in the leafy suburb of Walmer, Hacklewood Hill is one of the few remaining Victorian Manor Houses in the city, and as such retains much of the elegance and grace it would have boasted when its first inhabitants – a young doctor and his family – once lived here.
More on Hacklewood Hill HERE
The PE Hotel Group promotions are running until 28 February 2022.
The Sands @ St Francis